Patna, Jun 8 (UNI) Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh today castigated the political parties "indulging in extracting electoral mileage" from the price hike in petroleum products.
Mr Singh told reporters here that the Centre had no option but to increase the price of petroleum products in the wake of the rising prices of petrol and diesel in international market.
During the past four years, the price of crude oil in international market had increased considerably leaving no way out to steer the oil companies in India from the crisis barring passing the part of the burden to the masses, he said.
The Indian oil companies would have gone bankrupt if the Centre had not given its nod for petro price hike, he stated.
Mr Singh lambasted the Nitish Kumar government for its failure to provide jobs to the people living below poverty line under the National Rural Employment Guarantee(NREGA), scheme sponsored by the Centre.
During inspections, gross irregularities were detected in the implementation of the scheme at various places in Bihar, he alleged.
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